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Dutch consultant expands with instrument business takeover

DUTCH GEOTECHNICAL consultant and instrument developer IFCO Funderingsexpertise has completed its takeover of Profound, the instrument business of Dutch construction research organisation TNO Bouw.

IFCO said it considered the acquisition as an opportunity for international growth as well as strengthening its product range and its position as a geotechnical consultant.

Profound was formed from TNO Bouw's foundation inspection department three years ago.

The firm sold TNO instruments and software for pile integrity testing, vibration monitoring, dynamic and static pile load testing and pile driving prediction in more than 40 countries.

IFCO has developed and sold similar instruments to Profound since the 1990s but more recently it has focused on developing instruments for long-term monitoring of geotechnical projects.

The company has been involved in several large Dutch infrastructure schemes including the fifth runway of Schiphol airport, sections of the high speed railway and widening of the A2 motorway.

Both companies are based in Waddinxveen in the southern Netherlands.

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